Fleas and ticks aren't only annoying little critters, they also have the potential to spread disease to your kitty. Removing these pesky bugs from your cat can help keep her from getting sick, but prevention is the key to dealing with these pests.
Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and place it in a container or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Using sterilized fine-tipped tweezers, grab the tick by either its head or mouth parts, whichever is closest to the skin.
Pull the tick straight out firmly with a steady hand, don't jerk it out or twist it. Jerking or twisting provides a better chance of leaving the tick's mouth parts in your cat's skin.
Place the tick in the jar and screw on the lid. This method kills the tick, but also allows you to keep the tick on hand in case your kitty displays any abnormal symptoms following the bite. Most ticks are not carriers of disease, but some can transmit babesia, cytauxzoonosis or mycoplasma. Symptoms may include fever, anemia or lack of appetite.
Clean the bite area with a disinfectant made for pets and apply a small amount of triple antibiotic ointment.
Apply a veterinarian-recommended flea and tick preventative medication to your cat. These medications will kill fleas already infesting your frisky feline and they'll also prevent future infestations of both fleas and ticks.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
- Only use vet-approved feline flea medication; some products for dogs can be toxic -- sometimes fatal -- to kitties.
With a professional background in gardening, landscapes, pests and natural ecosystems, Jasey Kelly has been sharing her knowledge through writing since 2009 and has served as an expert writer in these fields. Kelly's background also includes childcare, and animal rescue and care.